This is my new favourite top. It's the longest length version of the Day Tripper from Pattern Anthology's Just Add Jeans collection - which I fell for because knit tops obvs and of course the slouchy one first thankyouverymuch. I sort of thought it was too long when I finished it, but having now worn it on multiple occasions it's become clear that this is precisely why it works so well in my wardrobe. It covers everything, in style! The blue/turquoise fabric is a sweater knit bought at Madame Tirette in Antwerp during the January Belgo-Dutch meet up, and I intended it to be another Named batwing (my first here), but it ended up next to the scraps of my floral leggings and then this had to happen instead with accent cuffs and all.
While the length of the sweater itself suits me fine, what didn't work was the sleeves. I originally made the long sleeves included in the pattern, and they were SO long that I looked and felt swamped. My first attempt at shortening them didn't work: I failed to slim the sleeves enough, and ended up with a highly unattractive three-quarter length puff at the cuff. So, slimmed-down elbow length it was, and actually it's just right. Phew!
The kids had been playing happily for a good long time in the garden until I arrived with the camera, at which point world war three broke out. This was my last attempt to just look at the floor and pretend I couldn't hear them:
As our garden is approx. 20 metres square, this was slightly delusional. I think you can see that in my smile, can't you?
Anyway, I really really like how this top turned out, because not only is it a shape that works perfectly for me as a wardrobe staple, it's also a lovely bright colour with just a pop of print, and manages to be simultaneously loud and more-or-less neutral. It went instantly into heavy rotation in my daily outfits - which brings me, nice and neatly, to the subject of Me Made May (follow that link in the unlikely event that you don't know what it is).
For one reason or another, I haven't felt in quite the right place to officially sign up this year. It's not just about the photos, it's also (and most significantly) about joining in. I have a few things on my plate and I'm not going to spend any mental/emotional energy on another 'thing' right now. Which is fine! But here's the weird bit. Since May arrived, I have actually been wearing something me-made the whole time (even in bed), and have realised pretty quickly that I am, in spite of myself, challenging myself to do it. At work and at home, which as I work part-time and hang with the kids every afternoon usually means two different outfits during a day. So I guess I might as well consider myself as a Me-Made-May-er after all.
But, I'm not posting any pledges and I'm not posting any pictures either. I'm just wearing and thinking about my everyday wardrobe. Which when I think about this particular top, makes me very happy indeed. End of!